fortune on... sicence

Tuesday, May 30th, 2006 12:57 pm
flwyd: (mathnet - to cogitate and to solve)
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In the space of one hundred and seventy-six years the Mississippi has shortened itself two hundred and forty-two miles. Therefore ... in the Old Silurian Period the Mississippi River was upward of one million three hundred thousand miles long ... seven hundred and forty-two years from now the Mississippi will be only a mile and three-quarters long. ... There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesome returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact.
-- Mark Twain

Date: 2006-05-31 05:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sandbar.livejournal.com
with Mark Twain's fawnzappity wordplay, I'm always enjoying the wit behind the razor.

Date: 2006-05-31 06:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] directbetween.livejournal.com
I wonder, will the Mississippi still be as wide when it's only a mile long?


Now that would be something.
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